Trend Watch 2015; Velvet With A Twist

Velvet has certainly made a come-back this Fall-Winter 2015 and why not? During the colder months, we all need something decadent, stylish and comfortable wrapped around us. Once deemed fit for the royals, this uber sophisticated fabric is now ruling the ramps with the likes of Givenchy and Dries Van Noten wooing vintage velvet with a renewed vigour and enthusiasm. StyleCracker gives you tips to incorporate this luxe fabric in your wardrobe this Fall-Winter.

#What: Pant suits, Wide-legged trousers and Blazers

How: Currently, a lot of celebrities are doning velvet blazers, suits and pant suits in bold colors such as red, blue, green and black on the red carpet as well as otherwise. The most regal textile also got a very fall-ready makeover this season in loose wide-legged trousers at Emilio Pucci.

Style tip: For a fierce look, don a maroon-red pant-suit with a crisp white button down shirt and stilleto heels. If you aren’t ready to go velvet head to toe, then a velvet blazer in a darker shades of blue and charcoal paired with pants can do the trick; or you can opt for a tuxedo dress ala Cara Delevingne in Emilio pucci.

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#What: Sleek Trench coats and Tassle-Closed Capes

How: Ditch your usual wool this winter for a fabulous sleek long velvet coat, as seen at Alexander Wang. The look is defined by minimum detailing, making the luxe fabric and sleek cuts, the star on the ramp. Looking for an alternate to coats? The flowy Tassle-closed capes at Lanvin are uber stylish.

Style tip: Bring out the vintage rockstar in you with long sleek trench coats in opulent-decadent purples and classic yellows and dark-stained lips. Opt for capes with tassle detailing for something edgier.

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#What: Velvet shoes and boots

How: What could be cooler than a pair of velvet shoes? At Alberta Ferretti, the red buckled shoe came with regal airs and graces, while at Givenchy and Dries Van Noten, sturdy ankle boots had a

sophisticated coating. Velvet also makes it onto loafers and the gorgeous sling-backs by Dolce and Gabbana, Golden heeled booties by Emilio Pucci and fabulous gilded ones from Stella McCartney.

Style tip: If you are someone who likes to keep it subtle, then add a touch of velvet to your overall look with velvet Mary-Janes or make a statement with a pair of ruby red sling backs or sequinned velvet stilettos.

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#What: Fitted dresses, wrap skirts and plunging jumpsuits

How: Velvet dresses have a certain vintage elegance to them that can’t be ignored. Designers have also been inspired by the baroque trend and styled their creations with statement earrings and pretty embroidery. Let the dresses and wrap skirts at Lanvin and the plunging jumpsuits at Sonia Rykie be your style inspiration.

Style tip: Bring the 70’s back, with a velvet dress in darker tones paired with smart accessories such as a layered necklace for a deep neckline or chandelier earrings for a high neckline.

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#What: Velvet chokers and waistbands

How: If you want to play it safe, then chic accessories made out of velvet is the way to go. Stella McCartney’s brocade convertible clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti Desig’s evening bag, Mary Katrantzou’s Velvety crossbody bag, Chanel’s velvet ruthenium bag and Blumarine’s velvet clutch are some of our favourites.

Style tip: For a softer approach towards velvet, opt for an embellished skirt with a velvet waistband or a velvet choker. Don’t forget to accessorize with velvet bags and cute hats to exude Parisian vibe.

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